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Cisco's Cafe in West Ashley to close next week after nearly 29 years

For 25 years, Harvey Johnson sliced up onions, served up burritos and prepared hot, Mexican-style meals as kitchen manager at Cisco's Cafe in West Ashley. After Jan. 3, the 46-year-old husband and father will no longer report for work at the Mexican restaurant on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard.

Focused shoppers hit stores

Two hours before the doors were set to open Friday morning, a Miami-area Wal-Mart parking lot was full of cars â€" and possibility. But in a Christmas shopping season in which many Americans were unwilling to spend, even a packed lot doesn't always translate into holiday cheer for stores. As stores offered rock-bottom prices and extended return policies, shoppers returned to the malls the day after Christmas.

Charleston-based publisher thriving with niche market

A Charleston-based company that specializes in small-run books on local histories is thriving during difficult economic times. The History Press works out of a former grocery store in downtown Charleston and sells its books in local stores and visitor centers in South Carolina and 19 other states. The State newspaper reported Friday that the company published 20 titles in 2004 and now has a list of 500 books. Sales exceeded 200,000 this year.

Help for renters on evictions

You're paying your bills, but your landlord isn't. And you're the one holding the eviction notice. This is becoming an all-too-familiar scenario for thousands of renters nationwide who have become the unintended victims of foreclosures. Banks are booting good tenants onto the streets with little to no notice after seizing a property from a delinquent owner, ignoring tenant leases.

Many happy returns? Not so fast, more stores saying

ST. LOUIS â€" Heading to the mall to return an unwanted gift? Better hope it came with a receipt. If you don't, be prepared for some questions â€" or even to have your return denied. More retailers are requiring a drivers license or other government photo ID when you return or exchange merchandise. They feed your name into databases that flag people for repeated or suspicious returns.

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